1796P British / Welsh Light Cavalry Officer's
Blue & Gilt Sabre, sold
In good overall condition, a British 1796 pattern blue and gilt
etched light cavalry officer's sabre, distinct with a dragon to
the etching, indicating it was for a Welsh officer.
Preamble: The dragon could be a serpent making this an even more
valuable Royal Navy officers sabre (a few senior naval officers
had these), but for the fact there are no other naval motifs (such
as a fouled anchor). So the officer was Welch, and had the normal
Royal Coat of Arms replaced with the dragon. There is the obligatory
King George IV Royal Cypher to the obverse of the blade. There is
no maker's name visible on the blade.
Blue and gilt etching still quite clear and vivid. The 32 1/4 inch
blade is firm in the hilt. The hilt / guard in good though aged
condition with some light pitting. The original leather grip is
good and indicates the sabre was built more likely with a view to
be used (as opposed to having a fishskin or ivory grip). The scabbard
is unusual; it is not as thin as most officer's scabbards, indicating
the sword was built for the battlefield. The scabbard has been repaired
with resin / a compound near the drag / chape, then painted black,
and there is a bit of damage to the repair. We have let sleeping
dogs lie on this one, and not removed the paint. In any even, the
repair seems only to be one small area and may reflect battlefield
damage, who knows. The sword sheathes and draws well.
This is a rare bespoke etched version of a scarce sword, making
it literally rare, and therefore worth every penny of £? (too
late, now sold). Please quote item reference AB0 (0087)9. Further
/ full sized images available upon request.